Key Info

Linguistics with TESOL

NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree

Entry route(s):

Course code
LM002 - Arts (Common Entry) | LM019 - BSc in Social Sciences (Common Entry)
4 Years
Subject area
Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Course Director
Professor Ross Macmillan (LM019) or Dr Niall Keegan (LM002)
+353 (0)61 233755

Linguistics with TESOL (Teaching English to speakers of Other Languages) can be taken on both LM002 Bachelor of Arts & LM019 Bachelor of Science in Social Sciences. Subject combinations & course structures can be reviewed on the appropriate programme page.

About You

You are fascinated by all aspects of human language and communication; you are interested in finding out where language comes from and how we acquire it, how language changes over time, how it varies between people and between places, and between different genders and generations. You are keen to explore the role of language in wider society and to learn how languages work in contact and competition with each other. Studying linguistics with TESOL involves becoming a language expert. This means not just improving your language and communication skills but also learning about languages in the world.

Why study Linguistics with TESOL at UL?

The Linguistics and TESOL Section is located in the School of Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics. All members of staff are highly active in research , and there is a close alignment between research and teaching expertise. Particular features of the Linguistics with TESOL pathway at University of Limerick include:

  • Foundation modules in linguistics and sociolinguistics (language in society) in your first year to give you a thorough introduction to the subject;
  • Modules on researching language in your second and third years, which will equip you with the tools to carry out research and analysis on a variety of types of language and texts;
  • Specialist modules covering topics such as - language and technology; language policy and politics; Irish- English; multilingualism; language and globalization; and media discourse analysis;
  • Training in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages in a specialized suite of three modules;
  • One year off-campus gaining valuable work experience through cooperative education placement and intercultural experience through Erasmus/ study abroad in one of our partner universities.

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What you will study

Linguistics is the study of language, and language is how we get things done in the world. The focus in UL is on sociolinguistics, which is concerned with the role of language in society. You will start in first year with more general, introductory modules and work your way towards more specialized modules in your final semesters:

  • Year 1: Introduction to Linguistics; Introduction to Sociolinguistics;
  • Year 2: How to research language (carrying out and designing research studies); Language and Society in Ireland; Language Technology;
  • Year 3: How to analyse language data (corpus methods, discourse analysis, ethnographic methods, conversation analysis); TESOL 1 OR optional modules in Language and Culture.
  • Year 4: Multilingualism in a Globalizing World; Language Policy, Politics and Power. TESOL 2&3 OR optional modules in Language and Culture.

Modules are offered on both Bachelor of Arts (LM002) and BSc. Social Sciences (LM019) - Both are subject to change.

Year 1 Semester 1   Semester 2

Linguistics 1: Introduction to Linguistics


Linguistics 2: Sociolinguistics

Year 2 Semester 3   Semester 4

Linguistics 3: Researching Language 1

  Cooperative Education Work Placement
  Students select 1:    

Language and Society in Ireland


Language Technology

Year 3 Semester 5   Semester 6
  Erasmus/Exchange placement with a partner institution abroad LI4006

Linguistics 4: Researching Language 2

      Students select 1:



Analysing Media Discourse

Year 4 Semester 7   Semester 8

Applied Linguistics and the Professions 


Advanced Issues in Applied Linguistics 

  Students select 1:   Students select 1:





Linguistics 5: Multilingualism in a globalizing world


Linguistics 6: Language Policy, Politics & Power


Entry requirements

Additional considerations

Entry requirements are dependent on your programme of choice. Please click your preferred programme below:

For certain subjects, additional special qualifications specific to individual subjects or disciplines may be determined by the respective departments in accordance with Academic Council regulations.

Applications are especially welcome from Mature Students. Mature applicants must apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1 February.

QQI Entry

Certain QQI Awards are acceptable in fulfilling admission requirements for both LM002 and LM019. More information on the UL Admissions QQI page including a full list of modules.

Non-EU Entry Requirements

How to apply

Fees and funding

Student course fees are broken into three components - Student contribution, Student Levy and Tuition Fees.

A number of illustrative examples of fees for this course based on the current fee levels have been set out in the tables below.

An explanation of the components, how to determine status and the criteria involved is provided below the examples as is a list of possible scholarships and funding available.

EU Students with Free fees status in receipt of a SUSI grant

HEA pays Tuition Fees €2,558
SUSI pays Student contribution €3,000
Student pays Student Levy €100

EU Students with Free fees status not in receipt of a grant

HEA pays Tuition Fees €2,558
Student pays Student contribution €3,000
Student pays Student Levy €100

Students with EU fee status not in receipt of a grant

Student pays Tuition Fees €2,558
Student pays Student contribution €3,000
Student pays Student Levy €100

Non-EU Students

Student pays Tuition Fees €15,262
Student pays Student Levy €100

Student course fees are comprised of the following components:

Student Contribution

Annual charge set by the government for all full-time third level students. All students are liable unless they have been approved for a grant by Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please refer to to determine your eligibility for a grant and for instructions on how to apply. The current student contribution is set at €3000.

Student Levy

All students are liable to pay the Student Levy of €100. Please note the Student Levy is not covered by the SUSI Grant.

Tuition Fees

These are based on Residency, Citizenship, Course requirements.

Review the three groups of criteria to determine your fee status as follows

  1. Residency
    • You must have been living in an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course
  2. Citizenship
    • You must be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland or have official refugee status
  3. Course Requirements (all must be met)
    • You must be a first time full-time undergraduate (Exceptions are provided for students who hold a Level 6 or Level 7 qualification and are progressing to a Level 8 course in the same general area of study).
    • You must be undertaking a full-time undergraduate course of at least 2 year’s duration
    • You cannot be undertaking a repeat year of study at the same level unless evidence of exceptional circumstances eg serious illness is provided (in which case this condition may be waived)

Depending on how you meet these criteria your status will be one of the following -

  • Free Fee Status: You satisfy all three categories (1, 2 and 3) and therefore are eligible for the Higher Education Authority’s Free Fees scheme.
  • EU Fee Status: You satisfy both the citizenship and residency criteria but fail to satisfy the course requirements and are liable to EU fees.
  • Non EU Fee Status: You do not meet either the citizenship or residency criteria and are therefore liable to Non EU fees.

More information about fees can be found on the Finance website

These scholarships are available for all courses

Your future career

Studying linguistics opens the door to a whole range of careers, as expertise in language and communication is in very high demand across almost all sectors and professions. Here are some examples:

  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Speech and Language Therapy (Professional Masters required)
  • Forensic linguistics
  • Language consultancy (surveys and testing)
  • Lexicography (development of dictionaries)
  • Linguistic analysis for digital media companies
  • Media, journalism and publishing,
  • Advertising and PR
  • Information Technology Sector
  • Research and teaching in further and higher education

Follow-on Study

Related postgraduate courses at UL include;